Illinois Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Illinois Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Toxicity determination: 35 Illinois Administrative Code (IAC) 302.210

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Permit applications: 35 IAC 309.103

Laboratory certification: 35 IAC 186.105 to 186.230

Laboratory fees: 35 IAC 185.101 to 185.302

Recordkeeping: 35 IAC 185.204

Regulatory Agencies

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Bureau of Water Division of Water Pollution Control

IEPA Division of Laboratories Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program

IEPA Division of Laboratories

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Similar to the federal guidelines, Illinois regulations provide standards for toxicity testing in state waters. Actual testing procedures and parameters are site-specific and are included in the facility's permit.

Toxicity testing is required in the state's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal NPDES permit program in Illinois. For additional guidance, see the state section NPDES PERMIT and the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.

Administration and enforcement. IEPA's Division of Water Pollution Control is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's biological toxicity testing requirements.

IEPA's Division of Laboratories is a National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) accrediting body. Illinois has incorporated the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) Institute (TNI) Standard.

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